McGeorge School of Law

Unique Insights Gained During Diversity Week 2015

February 16, 2015

Pacific McGeorge students at the Diversity Week 2015 closing reception.

Pacific McGeorge students at the Diversity Week 2015 closing reception.

Diversity Week brought the McGeorge community together during the week of Feb. 2, 2015 to celebrate the theme "Different Perspectives. Unique Insights." Four days of engaging events enlivened the campus during this Admissions & Diversity Initiatives annual program.

The week began on Monday, Feb. 2 at the McGeorge House with a kick-off mixer. Dean Francis J. Mootz III, Carmen-Nicole Cox '11 & Samantha Pottenger, '09 spoke at the mixer.

The McGeorge Woman's Caucus and Mastagni Holstedt sponsored an Employment and Labor Law Panel at noon on Feb. 3, 2015. Alumni Latika Malkani, '96, and Kristianne Seargeant, '06 were panelists. That evening the McGeorge Distinguished Speaker Series presented "A Celebration of Civil Rights" with Professor Ian Haney-López and District Court Judge Kim Mueller. Distinguished Professor Brain Landsberg was honored at this event, which was co-sponsored by the McGeorge Capital Center, the La Raza Lawyers Association, SABA and the Women Lawyers of Sacramento.

McGeorge Chartered Student Organizations hosted an incredible array of cultural foods at the Food Fair (benefitting the Diversity Scholarship) during lunch Feb. 4, 2014. The primary food fair organizers were the Student Bar Association (SBA), Admission & Diversity Initiatives, Professor Heather McFarlane, Dean Dorothy Landsberg, '87, Lisa Kirkpatrick and Rebekah Grodsky, '10.

The McGeorge Distinguished Speaker Series presented a film screening the night of Feb. 4, "Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa," followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Abby Ginsberg. Professor Raquel Aldana, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, organized the Distinguished Speaker Series events. An insightful discussion on Feb. 5 was sponsored by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), "The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Nathaniel Colley and His Stance Against Discrimination" at noon.

The final event of the week, "An Evening with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Faculty" was sponsored by the McGeorge Alumni Board and Downey Brand, with guest speakers Judge Morrison England, '83, and Fredericka McGee, '91. Professor Cary Bricker co-organized this event in part to celebrate the newly established Endowed Faculty Diversity Scholarship Fund.

Key members of McGeorge's active student organizations provided planning and leadership of the week's activities: Riha Pathak, Kellan Patterson, Cornelle Jenkins and Jacqueline Hang. Photos of the Diversity Week events illustrate the joy and community experienced by all who participated and can be viewed in the slideshow below.


Diversity Week 2015